A mark of authenticity, this whisky is the result of a long friendship. In his search for the precious wine barrels from the French winegrowing terroir, Jean Metzger sometimes had happy surprises.
A longtime fan of wines from the Rhône Valley, he one day met a winegrower who would go on to become a friend. During a conversation at a wine fair, this person suggested that Jean retrieve one of his wine barrels and use it to mature what would become the Cask Bleu.
In 2014, the first whisky aged in barrels formerly used for sweet wines from the Rhône Valley saw the light of day. There followed a magnificent collection marked by blends, the whiskies finishing several years of maturing in those Rhône Valley barrels.
Aged an average of 7 years
Foreword: This commentary refers to the last batch, citing the characteristics and emotions of a particular product at a particular moment. As each bottle is numbered, this description can vary; it is by no means final.
There emerge notes of roots, orchids and oriental pastries. The intensity of this resolutely heady whisky is prolonged by aromas of caramel mixing harmoniously with underbrush. After breathing, the whisky reveals its strength and vivacity. Woody notes of gentian blend with a vegetal background of chamomile, vanilla and caramelized apples. Memories of the Rhône Valley are conjured with notes of dark chocolate and fleur de sel augmented by a very slight salinity.
The attack is dry and lively with heady notes giving way to the aromas of allspice. The middle is saline and strong at the same time. There are beautifully long woodsy notes as well as the clean flavors of honey, plums and prunes.
Complex and expressive, this Whisky d’Alsace Cask Bleu takes you to a world of perfumes at the crossroads of wine and whisky. Its high alcohol content leaves it unquestionably for experts and knowledgeable connoisseurs.